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Even a Mystery Novel Is Ultimately About Gentrification

By June 17, 2012 no comments Permalink

Author Andrew Cotto’s new mystery is set in a pre-gentrification Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The book jacket synopsis of my new novel, “Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery (Ig Publishing, May, 2012) describes the story as “a stylish mystery set on the dawn of gentrification.” The dawn of gentrification — sounds portentous, looming. But it…

A Market for Meat and Melodies

By August 18, 2011 no comments Permalink

Music is a regular feature at Conte’s Market, a butcher shop and grocery at 89th Street and York Avenue in Manhattan. MOST of the old Yorkville is long gone — the beer halls, sausage bars and other haunts that once distinguished this Upper East Side neighborhood as an outpost of old-world charm. But at Conte’s…

Fish People With Heart. Noses Agree.

By March 3, 2011 no comments Permalink

ONE of the first things you notice when walking into Fish Tales Gourmet Seafood Market is the smell. There is none. But the fish motif is definitely in the air, including walls strung with nets and traps and a whole fish mounted above the stained wainscot. The shotgun layout feels like the well-lighted hull of…

Complaint Box | Obscenities

By January 28, 2011 no comments Permalink

P. C. Vey Complaint Box Got a Gripe? Get a grip. Send your rant — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. As a student and a teacher of language, I appreciate curses and other vulgarities: they can add color and emphasis to our vernacular. But like all stylistic flourishes, the audience has…

They’re Stealing My Sky

By March 12, 2010 no comments Permalink

Mark Lennihan/Associated Press The skyline grows in Brooklyn. Complaint Box Fit to Be Tied? Send tales of ire and indignation — no more than 500 words, please — to: metropolitan@nytimes.com. We left Manhattan for Brooklyn in 1997. Even then, before it was the rage, it felt like a destination. We kept track of all the…